The Housing Team and Transitional Community Support (TCS) program at CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin are undertaking an exciting pilot project in collaboration with Health Sciences North (HSN) and the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation (GSHC). The Memorandum of Understanding between HSN and CMHA states that “[w]ith the growing number of Mental Health Alternative Level of Care (ALC) patients admitted to HSN—many due to homelessness, inadequate or safe housing, HSN has entered in an agreement with the City of Greater Sudbury (CGS) and GSHC to offer housing units to individuals on the inpatient units at HSN” (Memorandum 2).
TCS workers begin supporting individuals in hospital two to three weeks prior to discharge and prepare them for reintegration into the community. Upon discharge, TCS workers continue to work alongside individuals to create Care Plans that promote stability and independence. The hope is that, with a properly supported discharge process and a pre-arranged housing unit set up by GSHC, the rate of individuals cycling through inpatient psychiatry will be significantly reduced.
We have already seen success as one of the first individuals to benefit from the program stated last week that after leaving the hospital, he “considered returning to his old ways” and resorting to violence when he was confronted by a former acquaintance, but then he thought about “what [he had] to lose and how [he had] an apartment to return to now.”